This Summer, I started growing Tomatoes in Containers on my Patio. This was my first experience growing vegetables on my Patio and I was excited. I learned a lot from my tomato growing experience.
- The bigger your container, the better and the more tomatoes you will get. I used plastic pots of around 12″ diameter but I could have used bigger ones of atleast 16-18″ diameter.
- Choose a “Patio Tomato” rather than a regular tomato plant which you plant in your yard. The varieties I grew weren’t Patio Tomatoes and I faced some challenges. They grew really big and occupied a lot of space on my patio.
- Water your tomato plant regularly, almost daily if the summers are hot where you live.
- Use canes and cages for stalking your tomato plants as they grow. Don’t allow them to grow wild or else you will have a difficult time supporting the vines.
- Pull out the suckers when they are young or else your plant can grow really huge with many branches and the yield will be less. I left a few suckers and they turned into huge branches.
- If you are growing a regular variety of tomato on your patio, you may have to top off the tomato plants once in a while. My tomato plants grew around 6-8 feet tall and were leaning onto my Patio rails. See the last picture.